SC’s McMaster signs farm preservation bill into law

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South Carolina’s Working Agriculture Lands Preservation Act would create voluntary conservation easements for family farms
COLUMBIA, S.C. — In an attempt to save family farms and reduce the amount of agricultural acreage now being lost to development, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ceremoniously signed into law on Tuesday, H.3951, the Working Agricultural Lands Preservation Act.
The new law establishes the Working Farmland Protection Fund within the South Carolina Conservation Bank that will help landowners preserve working agricultural land through voluntary conservation easements. Under the bill, the existing Conservation Bank board would be expanded to include the Commissioner of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, and Secretary of Transportation.

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